Names of People Injured in I-24 Pursuit Released
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Paducah Police have released additional information about a police chase through two counties on I-24 Friday afternoon that ended with several people being hurt and a Calvert City man being charged with multiple felonies.
Officers said a Waste Path garbage truck was reported going the wrong way in the westbound lanes of the Interstate at around 12:45 pm. The driver of the truck, Dalton Lampley of Calvert City was eastbound on the interstate and crossed the median, knocking down the median barrier cables at mile post 5.2. He then proceeded east in the westbound lanes.
The truck first struck another vehicle driven by Murray Moore, of Paducah, whose vehicle came to rest in the median. The truck then hit a vehicle head-on driven by Nancy Gilbert of Ledbetter. Gilbert's vehicle spun around, and the rear of the car was hit by the Waste Path truck's trailer. Both Moore and Gilbert told officers they did not remember the crash.
Lampley continued eastbound, driving half on the shoulder and half on the outside westbound lane. Police said Teresita Jude of Huntsville, AL told them she was driving in the inside lane and hit her brakes when she saw the truck coming toward her. Her vehicle was then hit in the rear by another car driven by Albi Jelke, also of Huntsville. Jelke told police she could not stop in time to avoid Jude. Jelke’s vehicle was then struck in the rear by an SUV driven by Rostina Jatios of Tigard, OR. Jatios’ vehicle was then hit by another SUV, driven by Abrielle Fischer of St. Louis, MO. Fisher's vehicle was then hit in the rear by a van driven by Gracelynne Hamann of Silex, MO, and came to rest against the concrete wall on the shoulder of the overpass.
Matthew Schmitter of Ringgold, GA was driving a semi west in the outside lane of the interstate and saw the other truck coming toward him. He said he swerved to the right to avoid it, and the other truck swerved into the inside lane just prior to hitting him. He said he swerved back to the left to avoid jack-knifing his truck and tractor, and his mirror clipped a dump truck passing him. He said that truck did not stop.
A short distance later, the Waste Path truck crossed back across the median into the eastbound lanes. Sheriff’s deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers pursued the truck to Exit 25 at Calvert City. The truck eventually was stopped and Lampley was taken into custody. He was charged Friday night by Paducah police with six counts of first-degree assault. He also faces numerous charges in Marshall County.
Moore, Gilbert, Fischer, Fischer's passenger Kaitlyn Nienhaus, Hamann, and Hamman's passenger Angela Hamann were all taken to hospitals for treatment of their injuries. Moore was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville for treatment.
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